Well, the list is big enough. We know it. But here are some basic ones we should be improving at first.
Civic Sense. We need a LOT of it! We have a LOT of problems in this area.
Public urination. What. Is. Wrong. With. People??!?! Admittedly, public restrooms are few and far apart, and are often the stuff of nightmares, but still. People of all ages and economic backgrounds treat public land as a giant urinal. Disgusting!
Spitting. So many people spit. From their cars, from rickshaws, from buses. There are spit stains on walls, on the sides of buildings, sidewalks. It’s disgusting. I can’t even imagine what must go through the minds of tourists who visit our country.
Garbage. Here’s a picture taken in my hometown of Bangalore. Trash, so much of it, just lying there by the side of a road. People walk by it everyday. They turn their nose up at it, curse the dirtiness of the place, and then they forget. Sometimes, people will even treat piles of trash on the road as a de facto dumping ground. That banana they just finished eating? No trash cans in sight? “Oh well, there’s that big pile of garbage right there. Might as well add to it”.
This problem is so ubiquitous…
This is so mind-numbing to watch and experience on a daily basis, that I think the average Indian has just chosen to ignore it and live in blissful ignorance. Worse, these things have come to represent “typical India” and have become subjects of humor and satire. It’s not funny, people.
Dignity In Ones Work
There is nothing called as a ‘small job’. Regardless of being a waiter or a cleaner or a construction worker or a rickshaw driver, we must learn to take pride in what we do.
We need to learn a lesson or two in punctuality. Reaching a place 30 minutes late than promised is not a good sign of respect. It goes to show that you do not respect the other persons time.
It’s amazing how westerners greet and smile at complete strangers in their day to day life. Also they use ‘thank you’ in almost all situations. We should learn that from them.
Treat People As Equals
As an example let me talk about how we treat our boss. We always put the boss on a pedestal and think of him above us whereas if you consider the west, bosses are treated as equals. I’m glad things are changing now though.
Attitude Towards Women
Stop judging or abusing a woman if she chooses a certain lifestyle for herself. It is completely her choice what she does in her life; personally or professionally. If a man can consume alcohol, smoke cigarettes or have pre-marital sex; so can she!
Learning To Say ‘No’
We Indians find it extremely difficult to use the word ‘No’. Maybe its because of our upbringing that we find it difficult to hurt someone but at what expense? Its better to say a NO instead of doing something that you don’t want to in the first place. Also people tend to misuse this for their personal gain.
Problem Solving Methods
As Indians, we generally do not like to confront our problems. We search for an easier way or just plainly ignore them. You know sweep them under the rug types until there is no room under the rug to hide any more dirt and that is bad.
Respecting The Law
We are so oblivious to the various wrongs that we do every day that it has reached to a point that we don’t even realize it. Spitting at public places, disobeying the traffic rules, and honking in silent zones are just some of the weaker examples of this.
Courtesy costs nothing but buys everything.
Respect For The Country
Defacing historical landmarks, spitting at public places, vandalizing public or government property is not a nice way of showing respect for your country now, is it?